In this week’s edition of What The Community Has To Say, Karen Reising talks about the need for more tech-oriented jobs in our local economy. This segment aired on Saturday, February 3rd.
Hello, my name is Karen Reising.
As a native of Evansville who spent most of my career in international business and public policy, I feel a real sense of urgency that we do all we can to create more tech-oriented jobs in our local economy.
The good news is that Tech is already providing 12-15% of jobs nationally and more than 25% of national output ….and the industry is still in its infancy. That means lots of opportunities for long-term, profitable careers.
So what can we do here at home?
Education is the Key: We have to accelerate tech-related job training and education — both for those already in the workforce as well as those still in school.
Last summer Gov. Holcomb announced a program to help pay tuition for worker training in high-demand fields. The new program will set aside $24 million dollars to help grow the number of welders, machinists, medical assistants and information technology specialists, among others.
And $14 million dollars will go toward covering tuition costs at Ivy Tech and Vincennes University, so the Evansville region will certainly benefit …..if people step up and take advantage of it.
Parents: Talk to your children about the great careers in tech. Help them talk to their teachers about the best way to reach that goal thru their studies.
Schools: Strengthen the S.T.EM. aspect of your curriculum — and make it fun for the students to engage.
Finally, Civic Leaders: …..Let’s ramp up the public awareness campaign about why it’s so important to grow the Tech industry here. Follow Indy’s example…. and create some real excitement about the Tech economy in our schools and our community
I’m Karen Reising, and that’s what I have to say.